There are a lot of aspects to a home that require special care that at times get forgotten. One of these areas is the dryer vents. Most assume keeping the lint screen clean is all that is needed. However, this is not the case. Lint can still get sucked past the screen and will slowly build up inside the dryer vents. Lint in the dryer vents can affect the home and homeowners in a few different ways. Heart of Texas Chem-Dry will share why it is important to keep the dryer vent clean in your home.
Dryer Vents Get Blocked
A dryer vent can become clogged if it is never cleaned. If the dryer vent is clogged or restricts the air flow too much, the hot air can’t escape through the vents properly. You can always know when the dryer vent is clogged as the laundry room will become increasingly warm and even begin to smell. Clogs may not seem like a bad problem but it can lead to much bigger issues.
Clogged Dryer Vent is a Carbon Monoxide & Fire Hazard
One of the dangers of a clogged dryer vent is the carbon monoxide poisoning. A dryer can produce carbon monoxide gas which is meant to flow through the dryer vent and outside. If the gases become trapped they will back out through the vent and into the home. You can potentially expose the entire household to carbon monoxide gas. However, another even greater danger is fire. Lint is super flammable and it easily can catch fire. The heat from the dryer can build to the point that the lint begins to burn. If there is enough lint built up inside the dryer vent, it will ignite and fuel a fire. To ensure your home and household’s safety the dryer vent must be kept cleaned.
Mold & Mildew Spores from Clogged Dryer Vent
Both mold and mildew love damp heat and will thrive in the right conditions. A blocked dryer vent can create a perfect environment inside the laundry room for mold and mildew to develop. You may notice a musty odor in your laundry room. When mold forms they produce spores that are released into the air. You can breathe the mold spores in or they can contact the skin leading to skin irritations. To prevent mold or mildew from developing, you should keep your dryer vent clean to allow the warm and moist air to flow safely way from the home.
Decreased Energy Efficiency from Blocked Dryer Vent
A blocked dryer vent prevents the air from flowing out of the dryer. This allows the air and moisture to stay locked inside the dryer. When attempting to dry your laundry you may notice you have to run additional cycles just for the laundry to dry. A dryer consumes a lot of energy to dry each load of laundry. The last thing you want is to run multiple cycles to dry out one load of laundry. To help save energy and money running additional loads of laundry, have the dryer vents cleaned.